Digital Inclusion: It’s about empowering everyone to be able to access, use and afford digital technology.

Digital Inclusion: It’s about empowering everyone to be able to access, use and afford digital technology.

Wangaratta is one of only a handful to host an Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) Meetup in partnership with Broadband for the Bush Forum VII in Wangaratta Thursday 7 June 2018.


“It’s an exciting time to be involved in digital in Wangaratta, with the recent allocation of funding from the Victorian Government to establish a digital hub in Wangaratta, LaunchVic’s visit, Vex Robotics students on the world stage, Jeweller’s Coworking Space established, a StartUp Shake Up event and now host to an Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) meetup site, which is making sure that Wangaratta is part of the national ADIA dialogue, in partnership with the Broadband for the Bush Forum.” Sally Rodgers, Business Owner – Digital Gold and Community Advocate


“Digital technology plays a central and empowering role in our lives. With services increasingly being delivered online, it is more important than ever that no one gets left behind. It’s fantastic that a regional town is part of the national push to tackle the issue”, says John Huigen, ADIA Alliance Facilitator

But like many regional and rural cities, Wangaratta and the Hume Region currently ranks low for digital access, ability and affordability on the Australian Digital Inclusion Index.  (46.5, compared with Australia’s overall overall digital inclusion score of 56.5 and 50.7 in rural areas nationally in 2016-2017)

While we wish we could all be in Darwin for the Forum, the next best location is to meet up with others keen to become digital inclusion influencers.  Wangaratta will be one of only a handful of hosts to offer a local meetup opportunity to join in online and network locally for practical strategies and tips to inspire action on digital inclusion. Join us online or in person for our upcoming ADIA panel discussion on Influencing to accelerate action on digital inclusion – what, why and how in partnership with the Broadband for the Bush Forum VII.

This important discussion will be streamed at Australian Digital Inclusion (ADIA) national networking meetups taking place across the country on Thursday 7 June, 2.50pm – 4.50pm AEST (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra time).


Date & Time

Thursday 7 June 2018, 2.50 – 3.05pm AEST (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra time)



Charles Sturt University, Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Rd, Wangaratta, VIC 3677



Clare O’Reilly, Executive General Manager Mobiles, Transmission and Consumer Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Greg Ogle, Senior Policy & Research Analyst, SACOSS

Sylvia Spaseski, Assistant Secretary Consumer Broadband Services, Department of Communications and the Arts



Panel Discussion

Find out about the work of the Alliance and hear a facilitated discussion focussed on influencing people to accelerate action on digital inclusion- what, why and how? There will be an opportunity to send questions for an audience Q&A session during the panel, whether you will be attending a meetup in person or joining in online.

Structured Networking

Get to know other people in the digital inclusion arena and provide your input into what you think your Alliance should be working toward.


How to participate in Wangaratta
Register online via Eventbrite to join other ADIA participants and come along to see the live-streamed panel and network locally (free) at the Wangaratta meetup.

Further information

Sally Rodgers

Digital Gold & Community Advocate

[email protected]

0357273220 0407466678

@SallyRodgersAu @DigitalGoldAu


Ilena Young

Centre Manager, Wangaratta Regional Study

Charles Sturt University

[email protected]

+61 3 5713 9061


John Huigen

Alliance Facilitator

Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance

[email protected]

+61 (0)448 515 563


Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance 03 9418 7431 @AuDigiInclusion #DigitalInclusionAu


Australian Digital Inclusion Index


CSU’s Wangaratta Regional Study Centre


Ovens Murray Regional Partnership


North East Start Up Shake Up




Digital Gold